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Web 2.0 Conference coming up

by Tim O'Reilly
Aug. 23, 2004

O'Reilly's upcoming conference, Web 2.0, held October 5-7 at the Hotel Nikko in San Francisco, is a bit of a departure for O'Reilly. I say it's a departure not because we're approaching a new topic -- the web as platform, and its inevitable evolution into an internet operating system, has been a theme in our conferences for at least four years, and is a constant subject in my talks -- but because of the format of the conference. We normally have lots of technical talks focusing on the how to use new software, building our conferences for the hackers who are inventing the future, and the early adopters who are taking their work to the next stage. In contrast, Web 2.0 is our first "executive conference" -- a conference aimed at business people, with the focus on the big picture.

This is going to be a kick-ass conference. John Battelle and I are going to be playing tag team doing interviews with CEOs and technologists, helping you to see the shape of the future. We're featuring many of the entrepreneurs who are leading the way into the new century -- folks like Jeff Bezos, Mark Cuban, Halsey Minor, Marc Benioff and many more -- in a conversational counterpoint exploring the ideas that are driving their success. For our audience, we're targeting not only technologists and entrepreneurs, but also VCs, CxOs, and business people who are trying to come to terms with the future of their business. I am absolutely convinced that what's happening today with the next generation of online services is going to rewrite all the rules of business even more thoroughly than the original WWW did in the mid-1990s.

In this conference, we're looking at the many components of the new computing platform -- not just traditional internet infrastructure, or even now-critical applications like search and e-commerce. We're looking at how things change when music and tv are part of the platform, when mapping services aren't just something you look at in a browser window, but are part of every application. We're exploring how to create software that operates natively above the level of a single device, how to architect services so that they create competitive advantage through user participation and the resulting network effects. And that's just for starters.

John Battelle has more details over on his searchblog

Tim O'Reilly is the founder and CEO of O'Reilly Media, Inc., thought by many to be the best computer book publisher in the world. In addition to Foo Camps ("Friends of O'Reilly" Camps, which gave rise to the "un-conference" movement), O'Reilly Media also hosts conferences on technology topics, including the Web 2.0 Summit, the Web 2.0 Expo, the O'Reilly Open Source Convention, the Gov 2.0 Summit, and the Gov 2.0 Expo. Tim's blog, the O'Reilly Radar, "watches the alpha geeks" to determine emerging technology trends, and serves as a platform for advocacy about issues of importance to the technical community. Tim's long-term vision for his company is to change the world by spreading the knowledge of innovators. In addition to O'Reilly Media, Tim is a founder of Safari Books Online, a pioneering subscription service for accessing books online, and O'Reilly AlphaTech Ventures, an early-stage venture firm.

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